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3.0 out of 5 stars Good product (it works) but product description and other reviews here are misleading, 26 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3510/01 with Sunrise Simulation - 3 Sounds and Radio Function (Personal Care)
Product does (mostly) what it says on the tin, which I look forward to in the coming winter months. Is is far nicer to wake up in a gentler way and to have bright morning sunlight is definitely a mood-booster.

A few niggles:
- There is no USB functionality....you cannot add your own music/sounds to wake up to. Some reviews here say that there is one and they are very misleading. In fact, the most recent review at the time I was purchasing the lamp said there was a USB and I purchased on that basis. I have reported these misleading reviews to amazon.
- The birdsong is a bit tinny and on a very short loop (3-4 seconds) so you hear the same bird tweeting over and over again. Which is why it would be so good to add your own music/sound via USB. Oh, but hang on, you can't!
- The radio is not digital. You are at the mercy of the antenna wire and the strength of signal wherever you choose to position the lamp. Unfortunately I can't tune into my favourite radio programme, which would prefer to the tinny 3-second loop of birdsong.
- Philips' own product description says there is a coloured sunrise and sunset. This is incorrect. The light is white and just varies in intensity, not colour. Personally I am not too bothered by this but others might be.
- The buttons are a bit fiddly but with a bit of time you can get used to them and can locate them relatively easily.

Hope this is helpful.

I don't usually leave reviews but feel I need to here so that I can push the other reviews that misleadingly mention USB functionality further down the pag e(sort by newest first).
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2012 19:22:47 BDT
it has been changed now

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 21:47:22 GMT
Thank you for this comment - I was very keen on the dawn simulation - light starting off dim red, through orange to bright yellow. after reading this comment I investigated and that model is actually Philips HF3520/01 (20 more expensive). the description for this model should be changed.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 16:00:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2013 16:01:41 GMT
Alandil says:
To: Stephen Macks - How has it been changed? Has USB been added? Has colour changed? Sounds like Philllips have got a good idea but, like the ereaders by various manufacturers, more refinements needed.

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 08:49:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Oct 2013 08:50:44 BDT
Q says:
I suspect that the radio is digitally tuned receiving an analogue signal, rather than DAB.

The dangly wire could be used for either and DAB (aka "digital radio") is no more immune to bad signal caused by a poor antenna than analogue. It depends on signal strength. The difference with digital is that below a certain signal level, the station just disappears, with analogue it fades away as the signal reduces. DAB is poor quality compared to FM although on this type of unit you would not tell the difference. Generally if you have a good enough signal for DAB, you'll get a good FM reception anyway.

Antennae on clock radios are always their Achilles heel.

It appears that the HF3520 is the coloured one - but that now the description of this one, the HF3510 is correct.
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